American Field

Field Trial Report

Tennessee Valley Field Trial Club

By Jeff Blackwell | Mar 20, 2020
Open Shooting Dog Winners. From left: Matt Basilone with Ravenwood Charley, Gerald Sartain, judge; Travis Gellhaus with Urban Fantasy, Arnold Hall, Daphne Rogers with Storm Rider and Stan Noble, judge.

LaVergne, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley FTC kicked off their fall trial December 6, 2019 with eight Amateur Derby contenders.

Judges Brett Francis and Jeff Blackwell awarded pointer male John Wesley Harden first place after a fine “broke dog” performance. John is owned and handled by Arnold Hall and this was the team’s third win at Percy Priest this year. Second was High Drive Smokey and Buddy Morrison. The setter male, owned by Allen Linder, had two nice finds. Pointer female Sartain’s Sis showed potential and took home third  for owner-handler Gerald Sartain.

With light rain showers present the first brace of the Amateur Shooting Dog was called to the line. Ten pointers, five setters and one Irish setter were drawn.

Windy Hill War Creek, callname Doll, grabbed the judges’ attention and the win in the fourth brace with a very nice forward ground race and finds at 4, 14, 30 and 55. She backed her bracemate at 37 and is certainly a joy to watch. Owner Buddy Morrison guided “Doll” through the running. Kennelmates Nickajack Pathfinder and Seekin A Thrill earned second and third, respectively, for owner-handler Ross Leonard. Pathfinder spread his four stylish finds all over the course but couldn’t best the ground race of the winner. Thrill also had four bird contacts and suffered one unproductive. Judges Francis and Blackwell were in the saddles for this stake as well.

We had a great trial. Thanks to judges Jeff Blackwell, Brett Francis, Gerald Sartain and Stan Noble. They did a superb job and handlers were pleased to run under them. Special thanks to everyone who pitched in and helped. Arnold Hall was available to keep everybody straight and Daphne Rogers made sure there was plenty to eat with her delicious meals. Birds were plentiful and the weather was very cooperative with lows around freezing and highs around 50°, no rain or strong winds.

The clubhouse was in great shape after last year’s remodeling, thanks to Tennessee field trial association, Tennessee wildlife agency and hundreds of volunteers!

Thanks to Purina for dog food and their support! Entries were very good this year and we really appreciate everyone who entered dogs. We had great support in the Open Shooting Dog and look forward to another great trial next year.

A special thanks to Travis Gellhaus, Calvin Curnutte and Matt Basilone for their entries and their great sportsmanship. They were an outstanding group of professional handlers.

Also, a big thank you to Tim and Chris Hammons who stopped by and ran a couple of their red setters on the way back from judging the Gulf Coast Open Shooting Dog Championship.

LaVergne, Tenn., December 6

Judges: Jeff Blackwell and Brett Francis

AMATEUR DERBY — 6 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—JOHN WESLEY HARDEN, 1682536, pointer male, by High Drive Rocky—Cedar Rock Rose. Arnold Hall, owner and handler.

2d—HIGH DRIVE SMOKEY, 1686349, setter male, by Erin’s Hidden Shamrock—Katlyn’s Jan. Allen Linder, owner; Buddy Morrison, handler

3d—SARTAIN’S SIS, 1686333, pointer female, by Miller’s Speed Dial—Bryson’s Dialing On Line. Gerald Sartain, owner and handler.

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] —10 Pointers, 5 Setters

and 1 Irish Setter

1st—WINDY HILL WAR CREEK 1657338, pointer female, by Erin’s War Creek—High Drive Doll. Carl S. Morrison, Jr., owner and handler.

2d—NICKAJACK PATHFINDER, 1680947, pointer male, by Touch’s Smooth Rider—Cocklebur Stripper Candie. Ross Leonard, owner and handler.

3d—SEEKIN A THRILL, 1661543, pointer male, by Just Irresistible—Snow Thrill. Ross Leonard, owner and handler.


By Ronnie Rogers

For the Open Shooting Dog, Stan Noble of Santa Fe, Tenn., and Gerald Sartain of White Pine, Tenn., brought a vast experience in judging high quality shooting dog stakes to our classic. Their attention to each dog and their keen eyes for a shooting dog race were very evident. Each dog and handler got the judges’ absolute attention.

Thirty-eight class dogs came to the line, several dogs putting down first class efforts. It was  a pleasure to watch this stake. The trial started on Saturday after lunch and finished Tuesday late just before bad weather set in.

Matt Basilone took all three placements; each dog deserved the placement. They were pushed hard by one of Travis’ dogs and a dog Calvin ran.

Ravenwood Charley, setter female owned by Joe Cincotta, had a tremendous effort, always ahead and in perfect position to show how a setter should look as she ate up the course. Along the way she found quail six times, always high on both ends with tremendous intensity. Three of the finds were as judges rounded the corner and she was found to the front several hundred yards standing like a statue. When the brace was over the ultimate compliment was given by my pointer friend when he said, “I would take her home!”

Second, in the 7th brace, was Troy Terlizzi’s pointer male Urban Fantasy which put down an exciting hour. Fantasy always ran to the front and was very animated moving. He also had six well-spaced finds. He looked like a picture on each and was solid as a rock. After the brace was over one judge told this reporter he was what they were looking for and would be extremely hard to beat. Both judges said it was really close between the first and second place dogs. As reporter I would concur.

Placed third was a nice pointer male co-owned by Roger Dvorak and Gordon Ramsey. Storm Rider ran a nice aggressive race with four super nice finds. He was able to garner third on his exemplary bird work.

Travis had a couple entries that looked good on the ground with some nice bird work. In particular Lone Tree’s Showbiz held in there for a long time with three finds and an outstanding ground race, but lacking a little in style.

In the first brace, Merritt’s Bear was on the board for awhile with a couple nice finds and a huge race. He got moved down because his race was too erratic and he was absent for a substantial time.

We had a great trial and again thank everyone who helped. We especially would like to thank owners of all entries. You are what drives field trialing!

Judges: Stan Noble and Gerald Sartain

OPEN SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 24 Pointers, 11 Setters,

1 Brittany and 2 Irish Setters

1st—RAVENWOOD CHARLEY, 1662943, setter female, by Grouse Woods Skeeter—Fort River Rockaloo. Joe Cincotta, owner; Matt Basilone, handler.

2d—URBAN FANTASY, 1656623, pointer male, by Erin’s Stone Cutter—A Whiskey Lullaby. Troy Terlizzi, owner; Matt Basilone, handler.

3d—STORM RIDER, 1674889, pointer male, by Nottingham’s Storm Warning—Williamson’s Touch of Ice. Roger Dvorak & Gordon Ramey, owners; Matt Basilone, handler.

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